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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Daniel

The Tea Party Express sent out an email attacking Rep. King. There was just one problem though: the email attacked the wrong Rep. King. 

Instead of attacking Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the email criticized Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a tea party favorite and conservative firebrand.  

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The nomination of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) as the next ambassador to China upends the race for the open Senate seat in Montana that Baucus was already vacating with his retirement.

The race for Baucus' seat has already been well underway, but the early vacancy created when and if Baucus is confirmed as ambassador creates a whole new dynamic in the race. The state's Democratic governor can appoint a replacement for Baucus and could select the Democrats' favored candidate for the seat, giving him the clout of semi-incumbency as he tries to win a seat that Democrats are desperate to hold on to.

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The conservative Madison Project has endorsed tea partier Milton Wolf in the Republican primary against Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). 

"We’ve interviewed dozens of candidates this cycle, but few are as passionate and articulate in defense of restoring our Republic as Dr. Milton Wolf," Madison Project chairman and former Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) said in a statement on Thursday. "Even though he has never held public office, Dr. Wolf has exhibited a command of the issues and a dedication to conservative values that is lacking among most individuals in Washington. Senator Roberts has served admirably for a number of decades, but if we ever hope to rebuild the Senate majority on a solid conservative foundation, we need fewer career politicians and more citizen leaders like Milton Wolf."

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Republicans hailed Rep. Jim Matheson's (D-UT) decision not to seek another term in Congress as a de facto gain of one House seat. Matheson had been representing one of the most conservative districts under Democratic control after all. But the rub is that Matheson doesn't seem to be done with politics just yet.

Indeed, while Matheson's decision seems to guarantee that Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R), who narrowly lost to Matheson in 2012 and soon after announced a rematch, will win the outgoing congressman's seat, Matheson has other elected posts in mind. The Salt Lake Tribune asked Matheson whether he's considering running for Senate shortly after he announced his plans not to run for reelection.

"Yes, sir," Matheson quickly told the Utah newspaper.

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More than six weeks after Election Day, Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) finally conceded the Virginia attorney general race on Wednesday, as the recount he sought failed to close his gap against state Sen. Mark Herring (D).

"As we near the conclusion of the recount I'm confident that the final total of the recount is going to show Mark Herring ahead," Obenshain said Wednesday at a press conference.

Obenshain added that the attorney general race is "over." He said he called Herring earlier in the day to concede the race.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is backing legislation that outlaws discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation. 

Corbett told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he is "coming out in support" of Pennsylvania House Bill 300, which amends the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to also ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Corbett decided to back the bill after he learned that federal law does not cover that type of discrimination in Pennsylvania, according to the Inquirer. 

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Add Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin to the list of Republicans attacking House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for lashing out last week at conservative outside groups. 

Boehner earned the ire of conservative Republicans for strongly criticizing Club for Growth, Heritage Action, and FreedomWorks for opposing a two-year bipartisan budget deal introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and her House counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).  In an interview with The Hill published Wednesday, Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), said that the speaker "felt that he had enough votes that he could get a little bit cocky with people."

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Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney (R) is criticizing Senate Republicans' campaign arm as part of the GOP establishment working to defeat her. 

In a fundraising email to supporters, Cheney, who is challenging Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), cited a pro-Enzi super PAC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee as two of the GOP establishment forces trying to stop her.  

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